Rob Carey, formerly principal deputy chief information officer at the Defense Department, believes that government agencies must continue investing in cybersecurity and information assurance as the threat landscape gets more complex, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.
Jason Miller writes that Carey witnessed how information technology has evolved and played a critical role in helping Pentagon leaders plan and execute missions.
“Now you knew that the ability to send email and make phone calls from a portable device and not slaving the employee to his or her desk was a game changer,” he told the station in a recent interview.
The 31-year public sector veteran added the government has recognized the importance of identity and access management tools to protect data against security risks, according to the station.
He also believes that federal agencies need to adopt an IT environment that encourages accountability and responsibility.
“Federal IT has got to be woven in under the CIO and be made accountable and responsible for outcomes,” Carey added. “We have varying degrees of that across the federal government. I just think it needs to be more coherently delivered.”
Carey was recently appointed vice president and general manager of cybersecurity at Computer Sciences Corp.